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PLANNING TO FAIL OR FAILING TO PLAN? -UPDATED

2/05/21, 11:14 AM

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“CLARIFICATION”

Yesterday (2/04/21), Ranch Matters was contacted by CRR Fire Chief Harry Ward regarding this story. He asked us to stop by so he could discuss one specific paragraph that he felt required some clarification.

ORIGINAL PARAGRAPH: “Chief Ward confirmed meeting with Ranch Manager Judy Lapora and President Carl Harbour regarding Ranch related emergency procedures. One problem, ‘Couldn’t get them to follow through’ and added, nobody from the board stepped up to assist and or coordinate with his Department.”

CLARIFICATION: “The conversation with Carl and Judy was in regards to the formation of a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) and to get one of the CERT trained individuals to coordinate the Team.”

Ward re-confirmed neither Harbour, Lapora or any Ranch Official followed through on the CERT PROGRAM or any emergency procedures/preparedness plans for the residents.

Thank you Chief Ward for the clarification.

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2/02/21, 4:24 PM

PLANNING TO FAIL OR FAILING TO PLAN?

At yesterday’s (2/01/21), CRR/BOD MEETING, Director Monty Riddle provided his Emergency Evacuation Plan Report that shifted responsibility from the Ranch Fire Department to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to Riddle, law enforcement is the key player in any emergency/ evacuation event, but he didn’t provide any working plan incorporating any first responders.

 

Today, we had an opportunity to speak with CRR Fire Chief Harry Ward regarding emergency protocols/procedures.

 

According to Chief Ward, his personnel’s efforts will be concentrated on the actual emergency, whatever it may be.

 

When asked about safe zones or shelter locations, including Panorama Park or the Golf Course, Chief ward said everything is under review and all options are on the table. Ward’s “Preferred Plan would be to get people off the Ranch” as opposed to sheltering on the Ranch.

 

Chief Ward confirmed meeting with Ranch Manager Judy Lapora and President Carl Harbour regarding Ranch related emergency procedures. One problem, “Couldn’t get them or anyone to follow through” and added, nobody from the board stepped up to assist and or coordinate with his Department.

 

In a previous story, we pointed out that according to CRR’S Policy & Procedures Handbook, Section 4.9 “CRISIS MANAGEMENT” states, “The Ranch Manager (JUDY LAPORA) will normally be the FIRST RESPONDER (emphasis added) to any emergency or crisis on Association property or with staff. The Board will be brought into the emergency/crisis planning (WHAT PLAN?) and direction as soon as the initial crisis response has been addressed.”

 

In that same story, we reported that Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins stated, “IF THINGS GO REALLY BAD, I (Sheriff’s Office) CAN’T BE THERE.” Further, Adkins stated, Ranch Officials & Association Members need to be “SELF-SUFFICIENT & DEVELOP PLANS FOR ALL EMERGENCIES/CRISIS.” Adkins stressed, Ranch Officials need to explore “OUT OF THE BOX” options in all matters related to the safety and security of the Ranch Homeowners.

 

SHOULDN’T CRISIS MANAGEMENT BE A RANCH PRIORITY?

Apparently, NOT. Over a year ago, Adkins told Ranch Matters, that neither he or his Emergency Manager have heard from any Ranch Officials, involving any Emergency Planning or Programs that potentially could impact the lives and property of the 5K plus residents on the Ranch.

As of today, according to Adkins, nothing has changed.

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Ranch Matters Staff